Urewera 4 trial updates

Updates on the trial of the four people still facing charges after massive state terror raids across Aotearoa/NZ in 2007 are being posted on the October 15 Solidarity site & Aotearoa Indymedia.


Brisbane: police, cars attacked

February 11: Police were pelted with bottles and other projectiles and their cars were sprayed with graffiti when they went to shut down a party gatecrashed by 400 teenagers in Brisbane on Saturday night. Six people were arrested.

A helicopter was called in to shut down another out-of-control party on the Gold Coast the same night.


Indonesia: Hidayat, Locked Inside the Prison ‘Red Zone’

From Hidup Biasa, translated from Kokemi:

This news that follows is just one story of how horrible life in prison is. Even worse than that, of being already locked up inside one prison and then finding another prison inside that one. This is what our comrade Hidayat is suffering right now, isolated under lock and key in a place that is known as the Red Cell, a miniature prison 2m by 1m, darkened and subject to the prison guards’ stifling intimidation and terror. Continue reading “Indonesia: Hidayat, Locked Inside the Prison ‘Red Zone’”

Aotearoa/NZ: Urewera 4 trial starts Monday

On Monday February 13, four people will face trial in Auckland, more than four years after massive state terror raids against Maori activists, environmentalists and anarchists in 2007.

From October 15 Solidarity:

On Monday, October 15th 2007, more than 300 police carried out dawn raids on dozens of houses all over Aotearoa / New Zealand. Police claim the raids were in response to ‘concrete terrorist threats’ from indigenous activists.

What initially started with 20 defendants is now down to four: Taame, Emily, Rangi and Urs. Their trial will start on 13th February 2012 in Auckland.

Each of the four defendants is charged with one count of ‘participation in an organised criminal group’ (Sec 98A of the Crimes Act) and multiple charges of possession of weapons under Arms Act (Sec 45).

The raids, arrests and subsequent prosecution are politically motivated. This case exemplifes the New Zealand’s state’s fear of indigenous sovereignty, and its desire to repress genuine social change.


Solidarity newsletter

There is a solidarity protest in Melbourne, 12.30pm Monday 13 February at the New Zealand Consulate General Melbourne, Level 4, 45 William Street.

Stand in Solidarity against New Zealand repression of Indigenous Sovereignty & Activism , let us show Taame, Emily, Rangi & Urs that they are not alone and that the whole world is watching.

Central Sulawesi, Indonesia: mining company offices burnt

February 6: Mining company property was burnt in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, in a demonstration by hundreds of residents who demanded the company leave the area. Continue reading “Central Sulawesi, Indonesia: mining company offices burnt”

Perth: prisoner climbs on roof for twelve hours

February 8: “A prisoner who scaled the roof of a medium security prison yesterday will be moved to a maximum security jail.

The man climbed onto the roof of Acacia Prison [run by Serco], northeast of Perth,  forcing the facility into lockdown. Continue reading “Perth: prisoner climbs on roof for twelve hours”

Canberra: Syrian embassy stormed

February 4: Up to forty people stormed the Syrian embassy at about 9.30pm, causing extensive damage inside. The attack coincided with embassies in London, Berlin, Athens, Cairo, Kuwait and Tripoli, in protest against the Syrian government’s brutal repression of dissidents.

Three people were in the Canberra embassy but no one was hurt. No arrests have been made and the attackers have not been identified.

The Federal Police say the raid happened just as security was being tightened at the embassy as reports of the events overseas was received.